Spring Fever with Lilac sweet aroma

Hey guys,

Today we are working on new candles, teacups and jars, playing with colors, painting them, taking pictures and lot more.  As an early bird, I woke up at around 4 am to put up on my site the new teacup I talked about the other week. It is one of my favorites.

The teacup is stunningly decorated with a dark red and white rose bouquet with gold trim. The cup and saucer are delicately scalloped, and heavily trimmed in gold. The foot of the cup is all gold, and the handle has a gold trim as well. The condition of the cup is excellent. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs. The bottom of the cup is stamped “Royal Albert, Bone China, England, Treasure Chest Series”.

A symbol of Love, the lilac is associated with Easter time and spring because it flowers around that time. This incredible fragrance has a remarkably strong but yet pleasant aroma.

I have seen this teacup online for sale in other places for more than $100.

Lilac scented candle in Royal Albert Bone China England Treasure Chest Series

Lilac scented candle in Royal Albert Bone China England Treasure Chest Series

Lilac scented candle in Royal Albert Bone China England Treasure Chest Series

Lilac scented candle in Royal Albert Bone China England Treasure Chest Series

Check out for more at our site: http://oohlalapetite.com

 

Love,

Eni

Talking about colors…

Spring and summer are on the way (hopefully sooner rather than later) so I am trying to think of bright colors when I choose the colors I want to paint my jars. The Annie Sloan chalk paint colors are just amazing and you can do so much with them alone or by mixing them with each other.

The Shabby chic, that chalk paint creates, has made our place so unique. Unique because the old, is now turned into this brand new French cottage style piece of furniture.

If you really like the French style, retro chic, you will be amazed with the potential of this paint. We are experimenting with our furniture, jars and photo frames and the results are stunning.

Today I experimented with some of the colors we bought recently. I painted this jar with the Provence color first. I let it dry and then I applied a coat of Country Grey Paint. After that coat dried, I took sand paper and distressed it slightly, letting the Provence color show through. The last step, I apply Annie Sloan Dark Wax. It gives that dirty, old vintage, rustic look. No two jars will come out exactly the same. It is so fun to work with the paint and can’t wait to try mixing two or even three colors with each other.

Provence and Country Grey

Provence and Country Grey

Provence and Country Grey

Provence and Country Grey

Provence and Country Grey

Provence and Country Grey

A little bit about the color….

The colors of the Annie Sloan chalk paint are a beautiful pastel color, inspired from European furniture of the 1700’s. Chalk Paint is very safe to work with, it is water based and with extremely low VOC’s. There is virtually no odor to chalk paint. It is safe not only to you but also the environment. Initially, Annie Sloan designed the Chalk Paint to use it on furniture only, but nowadays people are using it to paint their floors, and walls. You can easily create a natural and soft patina.

 

Articles to read about chalk paint:

http://www.chalkpaint.com/

http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/

 

 

 

Candles for Mom…

8th of March is the International Women’s Day. Initially the holiday was a blend of cultures from many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc.

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor. It became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In Albania, this day is celebrated like Mother’s Day, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

My brother and I every year used to bring yellow mimosas for our dear mother. One year, I do remember that I bought for her a colander. It was a yellow color. When I gave it to my mom as a gift she could not stop laughing about it. What I was thinking when I bought it? Mimosa, yellow, colander- did I place them under same category. I laugh at myself about that even now. I think she still has it and every time I see her (which is not as frequent as I wish I could) she always reminds me of that day.

If you have a same kind of story, share it with us. For those that celebrate this day, tell us how special this day is for you. I know that March 8th is not celebrated in the U.S as the women’s day, but you can share your story, how special was it, giving a small gift to your mother. What was it?

These set of candles, I dedicate to my/our mother(s) that worked and work so hard and never stop thinking on us even as we grow older. Click here to see the candles.

Candles for Mom

Candles for Mom

 

Love you mom….

 

Spring Fever

Hey you Spring Lovers!!!

Tirana and Madrid, the two places I spent most of my life typically have a warm Mediterranean climate, and after a long cold winter I CAN’T wait for spring to come. The weather in NYC has affected all of us, even those that really like the cold. In anticipation of better weather, I would like to bring to you a preview of spring: the flowers painted on the Royal Albert Bone China England Treasure chest series with an Avon shape. The teacup is stunningly decorated with a dark red and white rose bouquet with gold trim. The cup and saucer are delicately scalloped, and heavily trimmed in gold. The foot of the cup is all gold, and the handle has gold trim too. The condition of the cup is excellent. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs. The bottom of the cup is stamped “Royal Albert, Bone China, England, Treasure Chest Series”.

 

Spring Fever Spring Fever Love the Spring

 

The other cup is unknown maker. The details in the cup and the saucer are exquisite. The cup and the saucer are carefully finished. Gorgeous lush roses adorn this flared teacup and saucer. The gold details all around the tea cup mix elegantly with the roses. The condition of the cup is excellent. There are no cracks, or chips.

 

Flowers Blooming

 

I am thinking to pour Lilac scented wax. In many cultures Lilacs symbolize love. Greece, Lebanon and Cyprus lilac is strongly associated with Easter time because it flowers around that time. Let me know what do you think.

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Love is in the air…..

 

 

 

 

Two Vintage chests…

This week we bought two beautiful antique chests in Krujë. Located between Mount Krujë and the Ishëm River, the city is only 20 km from the capital of Albania, Tirana. When we saw these two unique pieces at the antique store, we instantly fell in love with them and tried to imagine about how they would look in our place in NYC. The chests are around 100 years old. From the design I can tell that they come from northern part of Albania. The colorful and flowery design of the chest has brought so much color in our place. We love them and I can’t wait using them as a spot to photograph my candles. I already took some pictures of the empty teacups bought recently.

photo 1-1 copy photo 2 photo 3 photo 5 lomob

A little bit about us…

 

We are Eni and Greg, a couple living in NYC. Originally I come from Albania. I have lived in Spain, Madrid for about 11 years and I studied in UK for about 4 years. Madrid and NYC are my love and it would be hard for me to separate them from each other. There are times when I want to escape NYC to Madrid and once there I want to come back again to NYC. Greg and I met in NYC, the city that both of us greatly love for its past, creativity, design and uniqueness.

However, we also love to travel all around the world. One of our favorite countries is France. It is beautiful country with an astonishing Rivera. A dear friend of mine and I traveled from Madrid to London in a classic mini cooper (at that time mini cooper owned by Rover) up the French Rivera. We would stop in different cities in France and each time the views were just breathtaking.

Greg and Eni

Greg and Eni

Last year Greg and I decided to go to Paris and meet also my best friend, Gilu (his real name Gilles) who took us in this hidden antique market that was not very well known to tourists. We were in heaven. What to buy first and bring to NY? It was a hard decision. We ended up buying French linen in this beautiful small boutique where this old grandmother was showing us her delicate collection. We left the place thinking the next time we go to Paris we need to buy more of antiques instead of just French cheese.

Why did we start our business…

Like my grandmother, I love flowers, perfumes, creams and scented candles. NYC unlike any other city in the world offers a great range of them. My favorite gifts from Greg and his family were always the candles they used to buy me. Once while shopping for candles, Greg suggested to me that I should stop buying them and try to make them myself. It is very easy to do. The minute he said that, I searched about tutorials on how to make them. There is plenty of information on how to do it out there, but as everything it requires patience, love and passion. We built around us a philosophy that our candles have to be unique, original and Eco-friendly so people do not need to worry about the effects they may have on their health. So to deliver this philosophy to people who love candles as much as I do, we search for vintage teacups, unique pieces that you will find it hard to find elsewhere. We also are continuously adding new and modern cups and mason jars to our collection.

We paint the mason jars by hand with Annie Sloan Chalk paint, distress and wax them with clear and dark wax to give that rustic look. The beauty of our business is that all our containers from vintage teacups to more contemporary ones can be re-used afterwards. In this case we all will be more responsible for the treatment and care of our environment.

Where do we find inspiration…

We have always been interested in antique pieces. What we have noticed recently with home décor is that people are incorporating the old, antique, vintage items and materials, mixing them with contemporary ones. And that’s where design becomes unique. That’s where your apartment becomes different by bringing and well incorporating the old with the new. We hope that with our vintage teacups and vintage looking mason jars can bring that old look to your modern style apartment, restaurant and vice versa with the modern containers to bring that new look to an antique home.

Vintage teacups

Vintage teacups

What we especially love to bring to you is the story behind that vintage tea cup, where it comes from, how old it is, why is so important for us. For example, I bought the other day such a delicate hand painted Japanese teacup. I was holding in my hand and it looked so breakable. The teacup is painted by an artist last century and it is now in my studio in NYC.

We are also inspired by Annie Sloan Chalk paint look when we painted our furniture. Also Greg has hand painted the frames of his photos and the end result is just great. So, we thought to try and apply it in our mason jars. Once dried, we distress them and apply either clear or dark wax. The look is unique and not two will come out the same. We use many different colors from Provence, French linen to Paris grey and so on. In the future we will be creating our own unique chalk paint colors.

Mason Jars painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Mason Jars painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I am also inspired by the scents of flowers. In Albania I had a beautiful garden created by my father who really took a special care to flowers. I remember our whole house smelled so nicely as the scent of rose bushes, lemons, oranges and mandarin trees mixed with each other that would attract all the butterflies. I miss that much simpler time, especially here in NYC. I am not afraid to mix different types of floral fragrances that will make people feel they are part of the Alhambra garden in Spain or in fields of lavender in Provence France and mandarin trees at my father’s garden in Tirana.

What is our favorite thing to collect…

We also collect antique trunks, luggage, French linen, vintage burlap, teacups, and industrial style furniture. We have been collecting these things throughout the years we have been together. They have been a good resource to take pictures of our products.

 

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